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When Crab Was King: The Rise and Fall of the Kodiak King Crab Fishery

A Year-long radio project of the Kodiak Maritime Museum

Raising the Madre Dolorosa (Segment 20 Runs Sept 20 to 27)

The crabber Madre Doloros sank off Bear Island off Uyak Bay in 1966. Bob Moody raised it in 1967.

He tells how it was a challenge since 1) the bow was slammed into the mud and 2) it was 150 feet down and required extra time for diving and decompression.

Finally, he used old canning retortes from the Shearwater Cannery as "balloons" to raise the vessel.

The Madre Dolorosa went on to fish crab in Kodiak another 15 years.

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